This is going to be a very short review, because I don’t really have much to say about Joy, David O. Russell’s latest feature to star Jennifer Lawrence. I haven’t read any reviews of the film yet – the film finished less than an hour ago – aside from the fact that I’d heard that Joy wasn’t great. Russell’s previous two feature films, both of which starred Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were critical darlings – Silver Linings Playbook won Lawrence her first Oscar, and Lawrence, Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams were all nominated for their work in American Hustle – and Joy is just… there. This is a shame, not only because of the people who were involved in making the film, but because Joy Mangano’s story is a great one to adapt to film.
The trend of splitting the final book of a successful Young Adult franchise into two films began with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I really hope it ends with Mockingjay. The success of The Hunger Games led to a trend of post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction for Young Adults, and for that I will always be grateful. The adaptation of the trilogy into films was mostly successful, except for the decision to split Mockingjay into two films. Mockingjay wasn’t significantly longer than either The Hunger Games or Catching Fire, but movie studios make money, and given the popularity of The Hunger Games franchise when the first film was released, it made sense to adapt Mockingjay into two films. The problem was is that those films weren’t as strong as the adaptations of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.